Under Act 13, impact fees are imposed on drilling companies that are extracting natural gas in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale regions. Kampf (R-157), said all counties in the state receive a cut of the impact fees, whether drilling takes place there or not.
“When ACT 13 was signed into law, it was lauded for the bipartisan manner in which it passed and the common sense regulations and fees it enacted on drilling operations in the Marcellus Shale region,” Kampf said. “Counties across the Commonwealth – whether they have exploration or not – benefit from these fees that support local programs focused on our environment and environmental issues.”
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission collected impact fees of more than $225 million in 2013, bringing the three-year total since Act 13’s passage to nearly $630 million.
“Pennsylvania continues to be among the top producing states for natural gas and, since Act 13 passed, the entire Commonwealth has gained from these operations,” Kampf said. “I know that the counties are looking forward to these revenues and they come at a much-needed time.”
Checks are expected to be distributed by July 1.